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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Winter Woods, Snowman Season, Christmas Card

I found a card on the internet that used the "Winter Woods" trees.  There's something about these trees that are of great interest to me. I think it's because they are all have fine sticks and no leaves.  A truly winter looking tree. You can see the original card here.  The theme there was "one layer cards".   

The card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

I punched out a 1-3/4" circle using scrap card stock.  I lightly traced the circle onto the front of the card.  I took the negative part of the punched circle and put it over the traced circle and I sponged on some Bermuda Bay card stock.  I just like the color.  Though I think I would rather cut the piece down to 4" x 5-1/4" and tape it to a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.  

I stamped the trees from the "Winter Woods" set using black Memento ink.  I stamped them over the Bermuda Bay circle.

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it.  It's a super quick and easy card to make. 

I think these trees would make a wonderful sympathy card. So calm and serene looking. I think I may try that tomorrow if I don't put the set away!  LOL  I never put anything away until I need the room for my stampers!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Colorful Season, Frosted Foliage, November 2019 Paper Pumpkin Christmas Card

I found a card made by using items from another company. I really liked the looks of the card so I thought I could try to make it using Stampin' Up! products.  You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I took my sponge dauber and I sponged on some Bermuda Bay ink across the card. I didn't want it centered so I moved the "line" up a bit.

Then I took some snowflake dies from the "Frosted Foliage" set and the "Colorful Seasons" set.  I die cut them using Whisper White and Bermuda Bay card stock.  I glued one of the smaller Bermuda Bay snowflakes to the large Whisper White one.  

I glued all of the snowflakes in place in a line on the sponged area. 

I stamped the words from the November 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Then I added a small pearl to the center of each of the snowflakes.  I taped the Whisper White layer to the card base. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside and the card was done.

I like how it turned out.  The edges might have looked better on the focal piece if I had sponged around them but I do like it just as it is.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by,
Wanda

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Cardinal Christmas Card, November 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Alternative Card

Today I found a fun card on Pinterest that used the bird from the November 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was about to give up on that kit. I made some cards and was pretty much done and ready to move on to some of my other Christmas/Holiday sets.  I saw this card and I thought, "wow, how simple, cute and sweet. So I got out my kit and took out the pieces I needed and here is what I have.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the words from the October 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit using Shaded Spruce ink.

Next I set the bird on top of the card so I could see where I need to add some tape and glue for the die cut pine sprigs.  The springs are from the November 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit, along with the bird.

After setting the sprigs in place, I added small Dimensionals to the bird in every large spot I could and I set the bird in place.  And the card was done!  See, simple, quick and sweet!  And I got to use some more die cuts from the kit. I did like the kit but I didn't want to make any gift tags.  So when I can convert something like that to a card, I'm thrilled.  

Thank you SO much for taking a look today,
Wanda







Monday, December 02, 2019

Snowman Season, Christmas Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog


I told you yesterday that today's card would be better!  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  On that piece I stamped the snowflakes from the "Snowman Season" set using Pool Party ink.  I stamped them at an angle, leaving the top left open for the words.  I stamped the words from the same "Snowman Season" set using Real Red ink.

Next I cut a 1-1/8" x 4" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Let it Snow" 12" x 12" pack.  I taped the DSP to the Whisper White piece using snail tape. I taped it 7/8" up from the bottom edge of the Whisper White piece.  

I took some Real Red "Curly Ribbon" and taped the edges to the back of the Whisper White piece.  I finally got to use my new spool of ribbon!  It's so soft, fuzzy and cute!

I punched out a snowman from the "Let it Snow" DSP.  Yup, there's a sheet of snowmen that match the punch!!!  I also punched out another snowman using a scrap piece of Whisper White.  I punched out the arms using Early Espresso and the hat was punched out from a piece of the DSP in the "Let it Snow" pack.  I taped the arms to the Whisper White snowman piece.  Then I added snail to the entire piece and set the printed one on top.  For the hat, I punched out one using Early Espresso card stock.  I added a little tape to the bottom part of the hat and affixed it to the back of the snowman's head.  Then I covered the back of the printed hat with snail tape and taped the two hat pieces together.  I added some Dimensionals and set the snowman in place.  Be sure not to add Dimensionals to the areas where the ribbon runs across the snowman.  It will make it bulge in those areas and not stick well in the other areas.  

I had a die cut snowflake sitting in my stash and I affixed it to the DSP. I added a rhinestone that I colored using the Real Red Blends pen.  I used the dark one for this.  

I set the panel in place on top of the card base using Dimensionals.  And for the final touch, I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside for writing on.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Snowman Season, Christmas Card, Snowman Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

This is NOT the card that I had pictured in my head when I started this project!!!  UGH!!  (as in ughly!!!)  And as usual, I share with you the good, the bad and the "ughly"!  And this one is surely ugly!!!

The base of my card is a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 2" x 4" piece of Balmy Blue Gingham Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It's from the Subtles Collection 6" x 6" paper pack. I set it in place with snail tape.

I took a half a doily and sponged the backside with Balmy Blue ink.  I added a little tape to the middle and set it in place on the edge of the DSP.  

I die cut some snowflakes and I sponged them with Balmy Blue, but only on the edges. 

I stamped the snowman from the "Snowman Season" set using Whisper White card stock and I punched him out with the matching punch.  I had left enough room on the card stock so the arms punched out too.  I colored those with the Early Espresso marker.  I also punched out another snowman and I sandwiched the arms between it.  This way the arms will be more stable and won't fall off.  If you glued them they probably wouldn't fall off either.  I colored the snowman's nose with the Pumpkin Pie marker. I added a little Powder Pink ink to the cheeks using the marker.  Before setting the snowman in place, I set him on the card to see where the words should go. 

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set. I stamped them using Night of Navy ink.

I set the snowman in place using Dimensionals.

I added the snowflakes using Dimensionals and I set a crystal rhinestone in the center of each one. I added a couple of extra rhinestones to the card.  

The tree is from the "Let it Snow" 12" x 12" DSP package.  I had fussy cut a stocking cap and a tree but ended up using the felt hat and scarf from the "Let it Snow" embellishment kit.  I just glued them in place plus a small Dimensional behind the parts that hung off the snowman. I did that just for stability.  I did add the little tree using a Dimensional. I had cut it out so, why not.  It couldn't ruin the card anymore than it already was.

And there you have it!  An interesting and horrible card!  I will have a much better card for you tomorrow. I promise!

Thank you SO much for bearing with me today,
Wanda

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Harvest Hellos, Snowman Season, Teacher Gift

Today I'm going to share with you a little project my granddaughters worked on.  They spent Thanksgiving night with us and helped us put up our Christmas tree on Friday.  After we finished with that we went down to my workroom and made notebooks to give to their teachers for Christmas gifts.

One of the reasons I bought the "Harvest Hellos" set was because it had the apple and teacher wording. That to me made the stamp set versatile and I knew I could use it for that, for Halloween or fall and for Thanksgiving.

We just took some copier paper and cut it in half and then cut that in half so our papers measured 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  I took a piece of cardboard from one of my 12" x 12" paper packs and I cut it to that size too. I needed this for the back of the book, it gives it some stability.  And for the front the girls picked out their colors.  Granny Apple Green (because the teacher's favorite color is green) and Flirty Flamingo (because it's the granddaughter's favorite color).  I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock for each of them for the covers of their books.  I set up the apple image in my Stamparatus and they inked up the images and stamped them on the card stock.  They colored them in using Blends pens.  They also colored some pearls with the Blends pens too.

I have a Rubi Coil binding machine, so I just punched the holes in the paper and in the card stock and cardboard.  The girls wound the coil through the holes and I finished the ends for them.  

They wrote their teacher's names on the front.  They stamped "Merry Christmas" in Real Red on the inside and added some snowflakes, both from the "Snowman Season" set.  Sorry I didn't take a picture of the insides. 

They were SO proud of their books, they couldn't wait to show their parents when they came to get them.

I think they did a great job coloring.  The one who did the green is 6 and the one who did the pink is 4.  The 4 year old was SO into the coloring, it was intense!!!  LOL  They both had fun and that's what's important!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Christmas, Christmas Card

Today's card is a quick and simple one.  One that you could whip up a number of them to use for your annual Christmas card.  I'm still on the search for the one I feel best fits us.  I think I'm getting close, but you won't know until Christmas day!!!

This card was actually a fun one to do to. Possibly because it was so quick to make and put together.  And I LOVE this layout.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a 2" x 4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Let it Snow" 12" x 12" pack.  Most of the images in that pack are whimsical snowmen but on the back of one of the sheets is this fun falling snow image, so I ran with it.

I stamped the trees from the "Winter Woods" set using Pool Party ink.  Then I die cut Pool Party scalloped oval and taped the two pieces together.  I set the oval on top of the DSP to see where the words should go.  I didn't affix it in place yet.

I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" set using Pool party ink.  

And for the final step, I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.  See, I told you it was quick and simple!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Feels Like Frost, Christmas Card

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  My card for today is much like yesterday's card but with a different image in the middle. One that fits better with the real life background.  I found this image on the internet the same day I was looking for the vintage snowman image.  There's SO many fun old images available. I just resize them before I print them so I know what working space I have.

The die is from Simon Says.  I bought it a while back and had not used it.  It is fun to work with but you have to remember to keep the pieces from the "R" and "A" in Christmas or it will look a little odd. I slipped a piece of Night of Navy behind the word Christmas and I glued the frame to the image.  I trimmed it and then set it under something heavy so it would dry flat.

In the meantime I took a half-sheet of Whisper White and folded it in half.  I then cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Seaside Spray card stock and taped it on top of the card base.  Then I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Feels Like Frost" 6" x 6" paper pack. 

When I was done with that I glued in the pieces from the "R" and "A" and then added Dimensionals to the back. I set the panel in place on the card centering it as much as I could.  And this is what I ended up with.  I do like it a whole lot better than yesterdays.  It's got a softer more soothing look to it.  

Tomorrow really begins the Christmas cards.  I was going to make a pumpkin card for today but I wasn't in the mood and now with Thanksgiving almost over, it suddenly becomes Christmas season! And with the 8" or so of snow we got yesterday, it looks like a winter wonderland here!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Feels Like Frost, Snowman Season, Christmas Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I LOVE the "Feels Like Frost" 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP). And I LOVE the "Snowman Season" set but when putting the two of them together, I don't like what I see.  To me it's like mixing reality with fantasy, that's about the best way I can describe it. It's like two mediums and they don't cross over well.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Seaside Spray card stock and taped it to the card base.
I cut a wintry scene from the "Feels Like Frost" DSP measuring 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"  I taped that on top of the Seaside Spray piece.

I stamped the snowman from the "Snowman Season" using black Memento ink. I colored him in using the Seaside Spray ink pad and a blender pen. I didn't have any other way to color it in using that color. I only bought the ink pad.  I also colored in the band of the hat with some Daffodil Delight.  I colored the nose using Pumpkin Pie and the cheeks using Petal Pink markers.  I took my sponge dauber and colored the tree with Mossy Meadow. I just pressed the dauber over the tree and twisted it a bit.  And that was it for the coloring.

I die cut the snowman out using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  Those are fun and there's LOTS of them in the package.  I cut a layer 1/4" wider than the snowman piece.  I taped the two layers together and then I set them in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.

It was SO much nicer in my head than it is finished.  I like both the background and the snowman but I like them separately.  Together it just doesn't seem to look right.  But it is what it is and just because I don't like the two together doesn't mean anything.  It's just me!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Harvest Hellos, Thanksgiving Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I thought I would make a Thanksgiving card.  It's just around the corner and I haven't played with this set much. I think I bought this set for the apple.  Thinking I would make get well cards with it.  Though the jack-o-lantern in the set is cute too. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I added a 2" x 5-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Regals Collection.  You get a LOT of papers in this pack and you get every color in that collection.  

Next I die cut the Stitched Circle, I used the largest one.

I stamped the pumpkin from the "Harvest Hellos" set using Cajun Craze ink on Cajun Craze card stock.  I stamped the leaf and the stem from the set too. I took the matching punch and punched out each piece. It's not a die cut, it's an actual punch. It's fun to use punches now and then instead of die cuts all the time.  I'm only saying that because I didn't have to get off my butt to cut things out!!! LOL

I glued the stem and the leaf to the back of the pumpkin.

I stamped the words from the same set. I used Cajun Craze to stamp them.  I think Mossy Meadow would have been a better color but this worked.

I set the circle in place using Dimensionals.  Then I set the pumpkin in place using Dimensionals.  

I added some Mossy Meadow colored enamel dots. I colored them using the dark Mossy Meadow Blends pen.  They were sticky so I just set them in place on the card.  And that was it.

This was a very quick card to make.  I don't know if I would make anymore though.  It wasn't that fun. Though I do like the layout and could see this with an apple instead of a pumpkin and making it a get well card or a teacher card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, November 25, 2019

Snowman Season, Let it Snow, Christmas Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I am finding this card a but humorous.  I just wanted to play with the elements from the "Let it Snow" elements kit. I thought it would be fun to make a snowman without the snowman shape.  And I did.  But I think it looks like a Humpty Dumpty snowman!! LOL  Oh well, it is what it is and you know me. I share the good, the bad and the ugly with you!  Lucky you!!! LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Pool Party card stock.  I'm surprised at how much Pool Party card stock I'm using this holiday season. I would have thought the blue color would have been Balmy Blue.  I did tape a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I taped a 1-3/4" x 5-1/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Let it Snow" 12" x 12" paper pack. 

I die cut the second largest stitched oval and began to make it look like a snowman.  I started with the eyes, then the nose, followed by the mouth.  I added the arms.  I left a little space and then added the three "buttons".

I glued the Real Red hat and scarf in place.  I set it aside to dry while I die cut the Real Red scalloped oval for the back layer.

I set the oval on top of the DSP so I could see where to stamp the words.  The words are from the "Snowman Season" set. I used Real Red ink to stamp them. 

I taped the ovals together and set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.

It's my Humpty Dumpty snowman!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Itty Bitty Christmas, Let it Snow DSP, Christmas Card

Today I played with an interesting die cut that I had. I'm not so fond of it. It's pretty and all but it's difficult to work with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

On the left I taped a scrap piece from the "Let it Snow" Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  My piece measured 5-1/2" x 2".

I die cut the bulb using Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper. I also cut the top part again so I could color it.  The trees and stars were cut from the dame glitter paper. This die had the trees and stars with it.  

I found the cute image on Pinterest. I just did a search for "Vintage Girl with Snowmen".  I found a child with a snowman and I clicked on it and then I scrolled down to see what other images there were under that search and I found it there.  I copied it to my computer and then I printed it out after sizing it to fit the circle.  Here's the link to this image. 

I put the die over my image and cut it out.  Then I had to figure out a way to get it to stick back into the circle. I ended up adding little bits of scotch tape to it.  And I added LOTS 

I took my spritzer bottle and mixed some Real Red ink with alcohol and sprayed the ribbon piece. I did trim it up a bit to get only the ribbon.  I sprayed the trees using Pool Party ink and alcohol and the stars with Daffodil Delight ink and alcohol.  I let them dry before I glued them in place.  They dry pretty fast.

I cut the tip of the bulb using some silver foil card stock.  That piece is also a single die in the set.  

The words are from the Itty Bitty Christmas" set.  I stamped them using Shaded Spruce ink.  

I was ready to set the bulb in place. I added Dimensionals to the back, making sure I caught both the circle and the rest of the bulb.  I REALLY wanted to make sure that circle wasn't coming out.  I set the bulb up a little higher than center and that was it.

It was a fun card to make but I need to rethink how to work with it so I don't have to work so hard to make sure that circle stays in place.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Snowman Season, Snowman Card, Christmas Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today was a busy day. I had the last of my craft fairs for the year!  It was a fun day.  Lots of shoppers out and great weather for it.  And now it's done. I will be boxing up what is left after taking inventory and then taking some time off to have fun and make some jewelry for my web store.  Do some baking and decorate for Christmas.  Plus reserving some time to just sit back and enjoy the holiday season!  Now if it all works out it will be GREAT!!!  LOL

Today's card is a simple one. I was inspired by a card I had made a while back using the sponging background strip technique.  I took two pieces of Post it Note tape and taped it to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I took Pool Party ink and sponged it between the two pieces of tape.  If you don't have this tape, you can use post it notes lined up or you can affix your Whisper White piece to a scrap piece of paper and then tape some copier paper to the scrap piece so they don't move and then just sponge.  I would ink up my sponge dauber and I started at the top and worked my way down towards the bottom but never reaching the bottom. I wanted to keep that white.  Your sponging will be darker than it appears so keep that in mind while you are working up your strip.

Once I was done sponging, I stamped some Pool Party snowflakes from the "Snowman Season" stamp set.  I stamped all the way down until I came to the white spot.  I'm avoiding that spot completely.  I took some Dazzling Diamonds Washi tape that was in the "Let it Snow" embellishment kit and added it to each side of my sponged panel.  

I stamped the "Let it Snow" from the "Snowman Season" set using Shaded Spruce ink.  I thought it would blend well with the Pool Party ink, and it did!  Then I die cut it using the "Stitched Circles" die.  I stamped some Pool Party snowflakes on, stamping off once before I stamped on the circle.  Again, I avoided the bottom part of the circle, keeping it white.

The cute little mittens are from the "Let it Snow" embellishment kit.  That kit is SO full of fun things to play with.  I glued the mittens in place.  I turned one mitten sideways because the are both left handed mittens.  So turning one sideways makes it so it doesn't look like two lefties!!  I tied a piece of white Baker's Twine into a bow and set it in place with a glue dot.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the circle and set it in place on the card.  Then I set the panel in place on the card base.  The card base is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I used Dimensionals to set the focal piece in place.  And that was it.  Sweet and simple, easy peasy!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, November 22, 2019

Colorful Season, Seasonal Layers Dies, Thanksgiving Card

I took out my new "Harvest Hellos" set and I was going to make a Thanksgiving card with it but decided to use the dies from the "Seasonal Layers" that was part of the bundle from the "Colorful Season" set.  This was a fun and easy card to make.
The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that I textured using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  I didn't set it in place yet, I worked the other elements first.

I die cut the branch from the "Seasonal Layers" die set using Early Espresson card stock. I glued it in place.  I did trim off the end of it a little. It was hanging over. I planned it that way so I could get it on the edge and a clean cut. 

Then I die cut the leaves from the same set using Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze card stock.  I sponged the leaves using Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks.  I set some in place with snail tape and some with Dimensionals. I did cut off the stem on one of them to make it fit in better.

The words were done on my computer. I printed them on Whisper White card stock. I die cut them with an oval die and I die cut an Early Espresso scalloped oval for the back layer. I taped the two together and then I set them in place using Dimensionals.  

I added Dimensionals to the back of the 4" x 5-1/4" piece and set it in place on the card base.  And that was it. Super easy and quick.  I felt it could use a pumpkin though, it's a Thanksgiving card after all.  Tomorrow I'll see what I can come up with using the "Harvest Hello" set. I need to make one more Thanksgiving card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda